Jingzhou Ancient City
The Jingzhou Ancient City has well-preserved ancient city walls. The city's walls were destroyed and rebuilt several times through the city's history. The existing wall was built at the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. The length of the ancient wall is 10.5 kilometers, and it is about 8.8 meters in height.
There were originally six ancient city gates all around the city including the East Gate, the small East Gate (also known as the Gong'an gate), the North Gate, the small North gate, the West Gate, and the South gates. Each gate had a tower and "double insurance", that is, two separate doors that could be locked in the front and at the back. The idea was to trap the enemy in the space between the doors. In the walls, hidden spaces were built where troops could hide.
A large number of precious cultural relics have been unearthed from the area of Jingzhou Ancient City. Among all the sites and ancient articles, those regarded national treasures are the Corpse of the Western Han Dynasty (a well preserved corpse), Silk of the Warring States Period, and the Sword of Gou Jian (the King of Yue).
The ancient Jingzhou city wall is exemplary in China for its size and preservation, and for its military architecture and aesthetics.
In the Yichang long-distance bus station, there are a lot of buses heading for Jingzhou from 6:40 in the morning to 18:50 in the evening. When arriving in Jingzhou city, you can take Bus No. 18 or Bus No. 16 to the East Gate. You can take Bus No. 15 to the East Gate and the New South Gate.
Each year, in the lunar calander's first month and May 13, a large temple fair is held in Guandi Temple. At that time, local Jingzhou people will play the dragon light, do horseback archery, and play trumpets. The temple will be crowded with people both inside and outside.
I updated this article on April 18, 2012
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